Rugby Union: Clive Joining Saints a Sinner

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Byline: From ALEX SPINK

THE LIONS put their credibility on the line today - and no-one stands to lose more than head coach Sir Clive Woodward.

Hammered in the first two Tests, defeat at Eden Park would make them the worst performing Lions since 1983.

For Woodward, the stakes are high as this is his final match before quitting rugby to start a new career in soccer as Southampton's technical director.

When appointed by Saints he was the hottest thing in rugby, the only man ever to coach a home nation to World Cup glory.

He can still make that boast, but his reputation has gone cold after a Lions tour which has gone badly wrong. With less than a month before he joins Saints, a win this morning would be worth its weight in gold.

Had the Lions romped to a 3-0 series win, he would have been viewed by football as an outsider, but an outsider with impeccable rugby credentials. …